Pen Pal Network
Girl Scouts of Rolling Hills Council has joined the GSUSA Pen Pal Network
to assist troops in initiating correspondence with other troops around
the country. If you are a Rolling Hills troop leader and your troop
is interested, please read the following guidelines. The
Pen Pal Link Request Form
is available on-line or can be picked up from the library file drawer
at the Council Service Center. The form may be submitted online
or may be mailed or faxed to the Pen Pal Coordinator, Marcia Cocozza,
in the Program Department. Please remember it may take several months
to get another troop's address, so patience will be necessary.
Girl Scout troop leaders will be requested to
- Make links by getting in touch with the Pen Pal Coordinator
at their council only, via mail, telephone, or fax.
- Encourage Girl Scouts linked as pen pals to correspond for
at least one year from the link placement date.
Here are some suggestions your Girl Scout troop/group may
want to try when they are writing.
- Tell your pen pal(s) about
- Yourself, your family, your home, your friends
- Your neighborhood and town, your special holidays
- Your Girl Scout troop, your community activities,
your leaders, and other adult friends
- Find out more by
- Asking questions about their special interests,
their schools, Girl Scout activities, and their
state, local town or neighborhood
- Sending snapshots, sketches, maps, magazines, recipes, games, songs
- Getting information on their state from libraries
and people in your community
- Girls should not plan to use a pen
pal link just to complete a badge or bridging
requirement, or only to provide input for a Thinking
Day activity or project. Pen Pal links should be
requested only by Girl Scout troop leaders for
Girl Scout troops (Brownie through Senior Girl Scout
levels) interested in long-term
correspondence (one year minimum).
- Print your name, address, and zip code clearly on the
envelope and the letter.
- Use a pen and print your letters carefully. Script
writing can be quite varied.